Lowe to file for full term in N.C. Senate

Lowe to file for full term in N.C. Senate
November 25
00:00 2015

Special to The Chronicle

Just weeks after completing a lengthy legislative session also known as the “long session” at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, Sen. Paul Lowe, Jr. (Democrat) of the 32nd Senatorial District of North Carolina announces he will seek election for his first full term of office. 

“Our families deserve a strong voice on education, jobs and economic opportunities. I have spoken to many residents, who have shared their overwhelming support for me.  I plan to file early and continue giving my full attention to these issues. There’s much work ahead of us,” stated Lowe. 

During his first week in office, Lowe filed a bill, which would increase the minimum wage across the state.  He also filed bills that would extend renewal energy credits, screen students for earlier identification of learning disabilities and study poverty.  Lowe filed a total of 17 bills and co-sponsored another 45, including bills that would restore historic tax and film credits.    

“It takes time to learn your way around.  While I have been listening to the concerns of residents at home, I have also worked to build strong relationships with my colleagues to become even more effective at helping us. I feel my feet are on the ground, and I am ready to take off running for our residents,” Lowe added.

Lowe landed assignments on the Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources, Health Care, Judiciary II, Pensions and Retirement and Aging, Program Evaluation and Transportation committees.

During the aftermath of a South Carolina shooting in Charleston at Emanuel A.M.E. Church last June, leaders of the North Carolina Senate stopped the session and asked Lowe, who is also a local pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church, to lead the Senate in a moment of prayer.  “Clearly this was a defining moment not only for the citizens of South Carolina, but also our state and nation. I was glad to be available to help sort through a very difficult moment in time,” stated Lowe. 

Local Democratic Party leaders met back in January at Kennedy High School and appointed Lowe to fill the unexpired term of former N.C. Sen. Earline Parmon, who resigned from office to join the staff of U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.

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